Excerpt: Llewyn is self-centered and often boorish, earning sympathy only as we unravel a life and career haunted by three ghosts. The first is Llewyn’s former singing partner, Mike, dead by suicide. The second is the lightning bolt Bob Dylan, who emerges in the film’s final frames in a bath of blinding musical brilliance as Llewyn is getting his ass handed to him in the dark alley behind the Gaslight Cafe.
Excerpt: When it comes to the films of the Coen brothers, it’s always been a jump ball with me. Some of their films I’ve loved, others not so much and others (namely Fargo ) I felt were over-praised. While others, O’ Brother, Where Art Thou ?, have grown on me as time goes by. However it seems that Joel and Ethan Coen, like Woody Allen, can just sit down and think of an idea, set it in motion and craft a well-made film. That’s talent.
Conclusion: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' is another masterpiece from the Coen Brothers. A somber examination of repeated mistakes and artistic struggles, the film offers a complex character study filled with wry humor and wistful longing. The video transfer is very solid but there are some minor artifacts. Thankfully, the audio mix is phenomenal, perfectly highlighting the movie's amazing soundtrack.
Excerpt: Joel and Ethan Coen have been churning out hits for decades. From Raising Arizona to Fargo and No Country For Old Men as well as many cult hits in between, the Coen brothers have a unique voice that has led to their long success in the Hollywood system. With their new release, the Coens delve into the Greenwich Village Folk scene in the winter of 1961. It’s a time that most audiences (myself included) may not be very knowledgeable about.
Excerpt: The Film "Everything you touch turns to shit." The above statement could be applied to a lot of the characters in the Coen Brothers' universe. You can pretty much take your pick. However, the one on the receiving end of this particular statement is Llewyn Davis (played by Oscar Isaac). He is the main character in Inside Llewyn Davis , the tale of a 1960s folk singer who's at a bit of a career crossroads.
Conclusion: Inside Llewyn Davis is a terrific film all around, though it's certainly not a film for all audiences. It's deliberately slow and reserved, an inward journey to nowhere that's fascinatingly low key and frequently hopeless. It's beautifully photographed and precisely acted, a true representation of the film medium as a genuine work of art and a sobering commentary on life's struggles embodied in a man who tries his best to make it but never quite seems capable of doing...
Inside Llewyn Davis – The Coen’s Stumble but don’t Fall. Michelle’s Review
23 December 2013
Excerpt: Coen Brother films are almost always unique, well made and sometimes make you think. When all the ingredients that shape up their worldview work you get brilliance like Raising Arizona or Fargo. When it fails you get a strange head scratcher like O Brother, Where Art Thou, or The Lady Killers. One thing their films never are is boring, that is until now. Who is Inside Llewyn Davis for?
Summary: The latest Coen Brothers film is not their best, but it is much closer to it than it is to their worst. Considering that their worst isn't bad at all, you are safe in assuming that it's definitely worth a view.